Betty White (Betty Marion White) (born January 17, 1922 – December 31, 2021) is an American actress, author, animal rights activist, television personality, and comedienne. She has also served as a producer and is considered one of the pioneers of American television who played a crucial role both behind and in front of the camera during the early days of American television history. She received the honorary title of ‘Mayor of Hollywood’ for producing a sitcom as she was the first-ever female to do so. She has received many awards for her performances in sitcoms, game shows, and comedy television shows.
She became famous for her role in game shows and was dubbed the ‘First Lady of Game Shows.’ Her career as a singer, actor, host, and producer spanned 80 years, making her the longest-serving female personality in the world of entertainment. Her interest in acting developed during her school days though she started out to be a writer. From voicing commercials on radio channels, she went on to become an important entertainment personality in America.
Betty White Biography – Wiki
|Birth Name||Betty Marion White|
|Nick Name||Queen of T.V.|
|Age||99 years (at the time of death)|
|Best Known For||Being the actress with the longest television career of almost 80 years and being recognized as one of the first women to have controls both on and off camera. Being the first woman to produce a sitcom Life with Elizabeth due to which she received the honorary title Mayor of Hollywood in 1955|
|Debut Movie||Betty made her theatrical film debut in American political drama film Advise & Consent as Senator Bessie Adams in 1962.|
|Debut TV Show||Betty made her first TV show appearance in an unknown TV show that appeared on an experimental Los Angeles Channel in 1939.|
|Sun Sign/Zodiac Sign||Capricorn|
|Birth Place||Oak Park, Illinois, United States|
|Date of Birth||January 17, 1922|
|Date of Death||December 31, 2021|
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Home Town||Not Known|
|Mother's Name||Tess White|
|Father's Name||Horace White|
Marital Status, Husband and Children
|Husband/Spouse||Allen Ludden (m. 1963–1981)|
Lane Allen (m. 1947–1949)
Dick Barker (m. 1945–1945)
|Children||Stepdaughter: Martha Ludden|
Stepdaughter: Sarah Ludden
Stepson: David Ludden
|School||Betty White went to Mann School Beverly Hills and Beverly Hills High School.|
|Educational Qualification||Not Known|
|Brands Endorsed||She has done advertisement work for brands like – Arby’s, US Healthcare, Alltel, Wireless Service, 1-800-PET MEDS, Colgate, Richard Hudnut’s Fashion Quick Home Permanent, Snickers Candy, Bar, Spray’n’Wash, Snickers, Fantastik Cleanser, Tide|
|Career Manager||Betty is represented by Agency for the Performing Arts.|
Height, Weight, and Figure Measurements
|Height (Approx.)||5 ft 4 in or 162.5 cm|
|Weight (Approx.)||58 kg or 128 lbs|
Extra Ordinary Features
|Race / Ethnicity||White, She has English, some Welsh, Danish, and Greek ancestry|
|Extraordinary Features||Short Hairs, Thin Eyebrows, Broad Nose|
Betty White Family
Betty White Young Age Images
Betty White Net Worth
|Estimated Net Worth (Approx) (at the time of death)||$75 million (USD)|
|Previous Year's Net Worth 2020 (Approx)||Under Review|
|Annual Salary||Under Review|
|Income Source||Actress, Comedian|
Betty White Marriage, Husband / Spouse And Children
Betty White is Thrice married, her third husband, Allen Ludden, was the love of her life. The couple was married from 1963 until Ludden’s death in 1981. She was previously married to WWII pilot Dick Barker and theatrical agent Lane Allen. Betty White had two short-lived marriages before she met game show host Allen Ludden in 1961. The couple was married two years later. Although Ludden passed away from stomach cancer in 1981, White didn’t remarry. She also acted as stepmother to Ludden’s three children from a previous marriage, as their mother had also died from cancer in 1961.
Betty White Children
Children: David Ludden, Martha Ludden, Sarah Ludden Allen Ludden died from stomach cancer on June 9, 1981, in Los Angeles. While they had no children together, she is stepmother to his three children from his first marriage to Margaret McGloin Ludden, who died of cancer in 1961. White has not remarried since Ludden’s death. David Ludden, 71 Betty’s eldest stepchild was born in 1948. He was a teen when his dad married the iconic actress. Today, David is a Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches South Asian history and development studies. Above are his father and stepmom smiling, nine years after saying “I do.” Martha Ludden, 70 Allen’s oldest daughter, Martha, was born in 1950. While not a ton is known publicly of her, she apparently got her law degree in 1990 and works with people who have disabilities. Sarah Ludden, 68 Betty’s youngest stepchild was born in, 1952, and was only a little girl when her mother passed away. Like her sister Martha, not a lot is known of Sarah.
Betty White Movies, TV Shows / Career
Comedic Actress White got her working as an assistant at a local television station. In the early 1950s, she launched her first television series, Life with Elizabeth, which she developed with George Tibbles. “He wrote and I produced,” White explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “I was one of the first women producers in Hollywood.” The show’s premise came from a sketch she had done previously on local television. White’s career received an enormous boost from her next television series, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Playing Sue Ann Nivens, White showed audiences that behind her sweet smile lay a sharp wit. Her character served as a co-worker to the show’s star, Mary Tyler Moore, in a Minneapolis television newsroom.
When she wasn’t pursuing her male colleagues, Sue Ann could be counted on to make funny, yet poignant, quips at Moore’s expense. White won two Emmy Awards for her work on the series. In sharp contrast to her Sue Ann character, White played the sweet and naive Rose Nylund on the popular 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls, along with co-stars Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur, and Estelle Getty. The show looked at the lives of four, elderly, female friends, and its success proved that there was an audience for programs featuring older characters. The series landed among the top-ranked shows during its seven seasons on the air, and it won numerous awards, including another Emmy Award for White.
Betty White Movies
|1945||Time to Kill|
|1962||Advice & Consent|
|1980||The Hollywood Knights|
|1986||Big City Comedy|
|1996||The Story of Santa Claus|
Dennis the Menace Strikes Again
The Story of Us
|2000||Whispers: An Elephant's Tale|
The Wild Thornberrys: The Origin of Donnie
|2003||Bringing Down the House|
Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt
|2005||The Third Wish|
|2007||Your Mommy Kills Animals|
In Search of Puppy Love
|2009||Love N' Dancing, The Proposal|
Part Two: The Warm Mission
Prep & Landing: Operation: Secret Santa
|2011||Betty White: Champion for Animals|
|2013||Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy|
Betty White Goes Wild
|2019||Toy Story 4|
TV Shows List
|1949–50||Hollywood on Television|
|1952||The Eddie Albert Show|
|1953–55||Life with Elizabeth|
|1954||The Betty White Show|
|1955–56||What's My Line?|
|1957–58||Date with the Angels|
|1958||The Betty White Show|
|1958–62||The Jack Paar Show|
|1958–2001, 2016||To Tell the Truth|
|1961–2008|| (Super) (Million Dollar) Password (All Stars), (Plus)|
|1962||The United States Steel Hour|
|1963–82, 1991||Match Game|
|1963–75||You Don't Say!|
|1971||The Pet Set|
|1972||O'Hara, U.S. Treasury|
The Odd Couple
|1973–77||The Mary Tyler Moore Show|
The Carol Burnett Show
|1976–77||The Sonny and Cher Show|
|1976–79|| Liar's Club|
|1977–78||The Betty White Show|
|1978||The Hanna-Barbera Happy Hour|
Snavely (aka Chateau Snavely)
With This Ring
|1979||The Best Place to Be|
Before and After
|1980||The Gossip Columnist|
The Love Boat
|1981||Best of the West|
The $25,000 Pyramid
|1983–1984, 1986||Mama's Family|
Who's the Boss?
|1985–92|| The Golden Girls|
|1987||Alf Loves a Mystery|
|1990||Carol & Company|
|1991||Chance of a Lifetime|
|1992–93||The Golden Palace|
|1995||The Naked Truth|
Maybe This Time
|1996||A Weekend in the Country|
King of the Hill
|2000||The Wild Thornberrys|
Intimate Portrait: Betty White
|2001||The Ellen Show|
|2002–03||That '70s Show|
|2003||The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy|
Gary the Rat
I'm with Her
My Wife and Kids
Malcolm in the Middle
|2006||My Name Is Earl|
|2006–09||The Bold and the Beautiful|
|2009–10||Glenn Martin DDS|
Saturday Night Live
|2010–15|| Hot in Cleveland|
|2011||The Lost Valentine|
|2012–14||Betty White's Off Their Rockers|
|2012||The Client List|
|2014||The Soul Man|
|2015||Saturday Night Live|
|2015–Present||Fireside Chat with Esther|
|2015–Present||Betty White's Smartest Animals in America|
|2017||Young & Hungry|
If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast
|2018||Betty White: First Lady of Television|
|2019||Forky Asks A Question|
Some Known Facts About Betty White
- As a child, Betty used to go to The Sierra Nevada for family vacations that gave rise to her interest in the wildlife.
- Growing up, she aspired to become a forest ranger but at the time women were not allowed to become rangers and so this remained a far fetched dream for her.
- After giving up on her dream of becoming a ranger, she inclined towards writing and wrote and played the lead in a graduation play in school, she discovered her fascination towards acting and decided to take acting as a career.
- Her television career began in 1939, just 3 months after graduating from high school when she got a chance to sing songs along with her classmates from The Merry Widow on an experimental Los Angeles TV channel.
- She later got professional acting and modeling job at the Bliss Hayden Little Theatre.
- In 1939, World War II broke out, due to which Betty decided to put her career on hold and volunteer for the American Women’s Voluntary Services she would help in the transportation of military supplies through California. She also took part in events and activities held before the troops were sent overseas.
- When the war ended in 1945, she began looking for auditions once again but was always denied as all the studios claimed that she was unphotogenic. Fed up from this, she began looking for radio jobs where photos were not required.
- The initial jobs she got were reading commercials and playing bit parts. She also sometimes did crowd noises and earned $5 per show.
- For quite some time, she worked desperately and even did bits for free. Some of the shows she appeared on included Blondie, The Great Gildersleeve, and This is Your FBI. It was after this struggle that she finally got a show of her own. She then got her own radio show, called The Betty White Show.
How Much Is Betty White Worth?
While Estimates Vary, Betty White Is Estimated By The Sources To Be Worth As Much As $75 Million At The Time Of Death In 2021.
How Many Children Does Betty White Have?
While They Had No Children Together, She Is Stepmother To His Three Children From His First Marriage To Margaret McGloin Ludden, Who Died Of Cancer In 1961. White Has Not Remarried Since Ludden’s Death.
Where Does Betty White Live?
Comedic Actress Betty Marion White Ludden Was Born On January 17, 1922, In Oak Park, Illinois. She Grew Up As The Only Child Of Horace And Tess White, An Electrical Engineer, And A Homemaker. When She Was 2, She Moved To Los Angeles With Her Family. She had passed away on December 31, 2021.